The Ultra line has come a long way after all its initial faults. It’s like modern-day video game releases; there were plenty of bugs and issues at the beginning, and things took a long time to get patched. For those using Pro blasters or standard darts (and let’s be honest, why would you use any full-lengths besides waffle tips and their relatives?), blasters like the Ultra Strike ultimately won’t matter. Judged by its own merits, though, the Ultra Strike is one of, if not the best, Ultra blasters out there. If only cheap, accurate ammo was more accessible.
What’s this guy doing, not reviewing blasters? Well, he’s busy modding, modeling, and doing general community service!
Flywheel cage stl files are online on Thingiverse, for those wanting to mod their Motoblitz blasters, now that they’re appearing on shelves. You’ll need to make a few shell cuts (mainly the stock dart guide ridges, and part of one mounting post). But for most cages, the motors fit in the shell without cutting. Can’t say that applies if you want to use motor boards, large diameter wire, or messy soldering joints. But we at least have a proper starting point!
Author’s note: I found mine at ToysRUs Canada. Once it appears on US shelves, I will update the price information!
I’m unsure of a good niche for the Elite 2.0 Ranger. As far as stock blasters go, it’s perfectly serviceable. Five shots, pump-action priming, and slamfire are all in the package. It hits typical Elite ranges, as well. Even so, it sits in a weird, in-between place – especially when so many revolvers with five or more shots exist, with comparable performance for less money. Will kids enjoy it? Of course. Is it the best option? Debateable.
The Armorstrike has me conflicted. On one hand, it captures the spirit of Dinosquad, with a fun shell and design aesthetic. On the other hand, the blaster is inferior to the previous version of this type (the Dragonpower Emberstrike), with a faulty slam-fire mechanism and some odd design decisions. Until the slam-fire gets fixed, the blaster isn’t worth the money.
Buzz Bee Toys usually has a new soaker each year, be it a derivative of a previous model or something new. In the case of the Adventure Force Spiral Blast, it’s a bit of both. Buzz Bee usually has some pump-to-shoot models – that part isn’t new. Here, though, there’s an interesting mechanism for producing the “Spiral Blast”. At the very least, it makes for an entertaining soaker for the kids, while still competing with most things currently in the market.
This past weekend, in conjunction with the 3rd Foam Pro Tour qualifier, Drac and Dart Zone officially revealed to new blasters. The Deuce Pro is a revolver, while the Dictator is an updated Conquest Pro. Let’s take a peek!
Credits to Spam, Dart Zone, and several others for the pics currently circulating through the NIC!
Sorry for the lack of posts in…20 days? Holy crap!
It’s been busy around here. Whether bouncing between games, working, or helping my wife as she gets ready for both major grad school milestones and flying home to see family. So I’m behind on posting news and reviews. One more week, though, and I’m at least *relatively* in the clear, and can go back into overdrive to make up for lost time.
In the meantime, I have footage from many recent events up on Youtube!